• January 28, 2023

India v England: Remaining three T20s in Ahmedabad to be played behind closed doors

More than 66,000 people were present for each of the first two T20s

England’s remaining twenty-three international matches against India in Ahmedabad will be played behind closed doors in Gujarat state due to rising coronavirus cases.

Over 66,000 and 67,000 spectators attended the first two games on Friday and Sunday.

The players did not come into contact with the spectators and the ball was cleaned up every time it was hit in the stands.

The third game in the series, which ends 1: 1, takes place on Tuesday.

The game will be England captain Eoin Morgan’s 100th T20 international.

A statement by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) states: “The decision was made after in-depth discussions with state and local health authorities.” The BCCI will continue to comply with all applicable regulations to contain the spread of the Covid-19- Virus and will always put the health and safety of its fans and stakeholders at the forefront. “

The previous Monday, England opener Jason Roy spoke about the advantage he felt when playing in front of an audience after the 2020 home summer took place behind closed doors.

Roy fought for runs last year but enjoyed a successful Big Bash League that allowed crowds in Australia.

In the first two games of the India-England series, which was played in the largest cricket stadium in the world with a capacity of 110,000 players, he scored 49 and 46 points.

“I hadn’t played enough cricket so I had to play the Big Bash even though it was a long tournament,” said Roy.

“The moment I got there, in the first game, I had 20 people watching me on the nets and I had that adrenaline rush, a sense of belonging again. It was the most incredible feeling.

“I never fell in love with the game, but when I played in front of an audience again I realized that they mean a lot to us as athletes.”

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